ViaSat Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Some really smart people in the company , work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent compensation, good work environment and the company really does care about its employees (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours are to be expected and there is a sort of herd mentality that you need to adapt to (in 7 reviews)

  • Non-engineers could really use an org-chart and escalation path to get work done (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Software Emgineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible schedule, competitive benefit and salary.

    Cons

    Poor internal communication and managements.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have and advice


  2. VIasat

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at ViaSat

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great working environment

    Cons

    I can't think of any.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Rather disjointed between HQ and others

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Englewood, CO

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Above average compensation, nice facility, subsidies for mass transit, generally nice co-workers, interesting technical problems to solve because the company provides a satellite internet service for residential customers

    Cons

    fairly stressful due to 24/7 operational service requirements and less than robust technology, always seemed as if headquarters (in Carlsbad CA) preferred their engineering staff over branches, project managers from the Dilbert school

    Advice to Management

    Needs to develop a more meritocratic culture; it seemed as if the initiatives were sourced from headquarters with little to no input from the branches.


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  5. New

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at ViaSat (More than 8 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Geo location salary work environment

    Cons

    Limited career growth. Egos organization

    Advice to Management

    Select managers with people skills


  6. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - California in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - California in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at ViaSat

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working on cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of!


  7. newly grad ph.d

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I had done internship last summer and company's working environment is awesome so I am so exciting to start work

    Cons

    It is purely individual working project basely.


  8. Good Company But...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are good.
    Beautiful Campus
    Employees are treated well normally.

    Cons

    No Org structure. No guidance, training or feedback.


  9. Flexible, autonomous work environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're a self-starter and don't like a lot of management, it's a great place to be and grow. They value autonomy, so even if you're junior-level and don't know what you're doing, they won't mentor or manage you - so you can experiment and mess up all you want until you figure things out.

    Cons

    They hire on a whim, so you end up with people they "like" who have no real expertise or position to work in, and when they are lacking resources in other areas (personnel), they will disregard it and make employees work regular overtime.

    Advice to Management

    When employees are over-worked, they burn out. It's actually more cost-effective to hire more people to help than it is to give raises and expect current employees to continually work 45+ hours per week just to keep their heads above water


  10. It had potential.......

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There are some great people to work with, and learn from. Benefits are good, pay is OK.

    Cons

    Poor management all around. Severely misled on hire what I was hired i n as, let alone for any promotion. No real career path options, and any that come up are either slated for some butt kisser or they hire someone from outside that has no clue on how to do things with this proprietary network.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue at some point on how to manage a company and get your troops to follow you. You will only keep hemorrhaging the good people you have.


  11. Engineering

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule and Dress Code allow you to focus on work. The company is growing and there are opportunities to work in different engineering areas.

    Cons

    Growing pains result in poor leadership and poor communication among team members. Work environment is not very interactive and meetings are pointless.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication and goals. Allow more flexibility to employees in executing a project. Provide development plans for young engineers. There is no relevant training provided. There is no reward structure at the company. They claim to hire the top 5% of employees, but clearly they hire the top 70%.



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